The Illinois Lottery Gives A Waukegan Resident A Second Chance To Plan His Retirement

For Immediate Release Contact: Jovanna Levy 312-368-5830

Waukegan, IL - April 24, 2012 - Harold Gibson has received a late Holiday gift today as he became the Illinois Lottery's newest second chance Merry Millionaire winner. The Illinois Lottery presented him with an oversized check of $3 million. The check ceremony took place at Dave's Liquor, 2300 Grand Avenue in Waukegan, where Gibson purchased his instant ticket.

Consumers had an opportunity to win $3 million by entering their non-winning Merry Millionaire instant tickets by mail or online. Gibson is a big fan of instant tickets especially when they are tied to second-second promotions. “I really enjoy playing instants and always pay attention to the second chance opportunities,” said Gibson.

Gibson is excited that his dreams are finally becoming a reality. "It has been surreal. It is still surreal. I feel like I am gonna wake up and realize that this is all a dream but today makes it seem a little bit more real. For sure, all of my dreams are coming true!" he exclaimed.

Gibson has already started dreaming big and is making plans for the future. "I have been going to see a lot of properties the last couple of days. I’m looking at a house with an in-ground pool by a forest preserve. Oh, and by the way, everything is going to be brand new. Yep, brand new furnishings," he said with a huge grin on his face.

It doesn’t end there for Gibson as he also plans on doing good will with his winnings. “One of my friends had a stroke five months ago so I plan on helping her and a neighbor, who happens to be a close friend.” Gibson has donated 10 percent of his winnings to Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Waukegan, the place of worship he has been going to all of his life.

The Illinois Lottery also presented Hitesh Patel from Dave's Liquor with an oversized check of $30,000 which is a one percent bonus for selling the winning ticket. “Mr. Gibson deserves this huge Lottery win. He is a good man and has been my customer since day one when I got this store,” Patel commented.

Gibson is already officially retired, but he is planning on living his retirement in style. The Illinois Lottery is pleased to give Gibson a second chance to plan his retirement.

If you missed your chance for the second chance drawing of the $3 Million Merry Millionaire top prize, it will be coming out again at your Illinois Lottery retailer just in time for the 2012 Holiday season.


About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $20 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at Players must be at least 18 years old.